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Albums Of The Week: La Femme | Paradigmes

The Parisian outfit push the bounds of electropop on their psychedelic third album.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Paradigmes is the third album from Parisian psyche-pop band La Femme. Within this album of beautifully curated electropop you will hear everything from coldwave to yéyé, Kraftwerk to The Velvet Underground, all distilled and sequenced and psychedelicized so that it sounds uniquely La Femme. The two main songwriters who started the band together, Sacha Got and Marlon Magnée, are the traditional heart of La Femme, and their vision is consolidated on stage by the masterful rhythm section of Sam Lefevre and Noé Delmas (bass and drums, respectively), and sublimated by the vocal talents of female singers like Alma Jodorowsky, Clara Luciani, Clémence Quélennec, Grâce Hartzel and Jane Peynot.

Formed in 2010, the then unknown band hoodwinked the French music industry by lining up a DIY US tour with only $3,000 and an EP. After playing 20 gigs around the U.S., La Femme returned home with immense interest from the Parisian music scene. “The industry was like, ‘What the f? They have an EP out and they are touring in the U.S. and we don’t know them?” Magnée said. “So the buzz began to start. When we came back to France, it was red carpet.” The band’s 2013 debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin won a Victoires de la Musique award (France’s equivalent to the Grammys), and their 2016 sophomore album Mystére was widely praised.”